I’m sure you have had the experience of seeing someone whose face is familiar, though you have never actually met. Your paths cross frequently enough that you begin to almost feel you know her.
On one of these occasions, I took special note of Keri. There was something different about her on this particular day. She seemed more animated; she carried herself with a sense of purpose I hadn’t noticed before. I became so intrigued by my observations that I actually approached her to introduce myself.
We exchanged a few words and then I explained why I stopped to talk to her. It was because I noticed something so different about her demeanor that day. She greeted this comment with a big smile. Something was different. Over a period of time, Keri, a young woman of 19, decided her physical and mental health were in decline. She holds down two jobs. She has managed to get her GED in spite of these burdens. She is pretty much on her own, physically and emotionally. But one day she decided she would start to take care of herself! She decided to change her diet, exercise to build up her energy, and lose the pounds that, in more ways than one, were weighing her down. Keri had managed to lose 20 pounds! She said she looked and felt so much better about herself. This brief encounter proved to be quite an emotional experience for us both. She told me she could begin to see a future for herself. She knows the road won’t be easy, but she is confident she will stay on that road. I was overjoyed that I was there, on that day and at that time, to be able to share this promising snapshot of her journey.
Let me tell you, it made my day!